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What a way to celebrate a great artist. I’m going for sure! So, here’s to “The Boss”. I have supplied some trivia and youtube links about Mr. Springsteen, read on!
• How did Bruce Springsteen become the boss?
Despite the cocky sales pitch, Hammond was knocked out by Springsteen’s romantic lyrical imagery and muscular sound.
Here’s the title song from the album. It was released on August 25th 1975 on Columbia Records.
• The first song a young Bruce learned play on the guitar was the Beatles “Twist and Shout.”
• With the sole exception of 1995’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” all of Bruce’s albums since 1975’s “Born to Run” have been in the top 5 of the US album chart.
• Bruce has fans in high places. Barack Obama said, “A handful of people who enter into your lives through their music and tell the American people’s story. Bruce Springsteen is one of those people.” He also said, “I ran for President because I couldn’t be Bruce Springsteen.”
• Fire (my personal favorite Bruce song). In May 1977, Bruce and Steve Van Zandt went to an Elvis Presley concert in Philadelphia. A few days later Bruce wrote “Fire” and allegedly sent a demo of the song to Presley hoping he might cover it. Whether the tape got sent or not, Presley died that August and Bruce wound up giving “Fire” to Robert Gordon. Gordon’s version of the song was covered by the The Pointer Sisters who made it a hit in 1979.
• In December 1999 the crew of the space shuttle Discovery woke up to Bruce’s song “Rendezvous” on the day they were scheduled to rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope.
• “I’m on Fire” was recorded in February 1982 during the first sessions of “Born in the U.S.A..” It was one of the first times Springsteen used synthesizers in his music.
• Bruce performs for Jon Stewart’s farewell show.